In this thread a self-professed “old-timer” drops in to say hello. The first reply is Skip, who locks the thread, bans him and tells him to sign in under his original user name and click on “Subscribe”.
That’s some Welcome Wagon you roll in, Skip. I’ll bet ol’ Gazoo can’t wait to break out his credit card.
Well, the poster in question was a contributing member here from August 2001 to April 2004. That means he left the Boards pretty much exactly at the time that it went pay-to-post (i think that’s right; my first receipt for paid SDMB membership is dated March 22, 2004). He probably should have known the rules.
That said, i tend to think that if someone comes back from that long ago, with a genuine interest in returning as a paid member, maybe they should be cut some slack and allowed to register a guest account. Maybe they could even be allowed to have their old username back, as a guest.
A lot has changed here in the three and a half years since paid subscriptions started, and if i’d been away for that long, i’d probably appreciate a chance to participate as a guest for a few weeks while deciding if i wanted to return full-time. I just think it would be a good way to encourage more people to return. Now obviously, you only get one bite at the cherry; you can’t keep coming back every couple of years and getting a new guest period. But one new guest period for returning members doesn’t seem too unreasonable, especially when, like Gazoo, they are apparently upfront and honest about their reasons for returning…
Excuse me, Frank, but I heeded every warning in that thread. Warning is a bit of a stretch here, I e-mailed Tuba as other suggested. She responded politely.
What do you think I was in danger of? Should I have been in fear of my life? Jeepers!
Unless Magoo or whatever his name was was using two accounts, he should have been allowed to have the free thirty days. You could have told him that at the end of this ree period he could only pick one name. What is so wrong with that? Jesus, we get VC03 posting all kind of racist shit, why can’t we welcome back a long gone member?